Writing Contests, Grants & Awards

The Writing Contests, Grants & Awards database includes details about the creative writing contests—including poetry contests, short story competitions, essay contests, awards for novels, and more—that we’ve published in Poets & Writers Magazine during the past year. We carefully review the practices and policies of each contest before including it. Ours is the most trusted resource for legitimate writing contests available anywhere.

White Pine Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 11/30/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by White Pine Press is given annually for a poetry collection by a U.S. citizen. Submit a manuscript of 60 to 80 pages with a $20 entry fee by...

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BOA Editions

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/30/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by BOA Editions is given annually for a first book of poetry by a U.S. resident. Richard Blanco will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 100...

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Fish Publishing

Cash Prize: $3,330
Entry Fee: $24
Application Deadline: 11/30/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of €3,000 (approximately $3,330) and publication in the annual Fish Publishing anthology is given annually for a short story. The winner will also be invited to attend...

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Quarter After Eight

Cash Prize: $1,008
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 11/30/19

A prize of $1,008.15 and publication in Quarter After Eight is given annually for a prose poem, a short short story, or a micro-essay. Using only the online submission...

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Burnside Review Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/30/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Burnside Review Press, and 10 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Darcie Dennigan will judge. Using only the online...

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Ohio University Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 12/1/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Ohio University Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 60 to 95 pages with a $30 entry fee by December 1....

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Slipstream Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 12/1/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Slipstream Press, and 50 author copies is given annually for a poetry chapbook. The editors will judge. Submit a manuscript of up to 40 pages...

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Reed Magazine

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 12/1/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Reed Magazine is given annually for a short story. Using only the online submission system, submit a story of up to 5,000 words...

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Pushcart Press

Cash Prize:
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/1/19

Publication in The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses is awarded annually for works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction published by literary magazines...

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African Poetry Book Fund

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/1/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of Nebraska Press is given annually for a debut poetry collection by a poet who was born in Africa, is an African national or...

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American Library Association

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/1/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a novel published in the previous year that is set in a period when the United States was at war. Publishers or authors may submit seven...

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December

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 12/1/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,500 and publication in december is given annually for a single poem. Aimee Nezhukumatathil will judge. Submit up to three poems of any length with a $20...

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Waywiser Press

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $27
Application Deadline: 12/1/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $3,000 and publication by the Waywiser Press is given annually for a poetry collection by a poet who has published no more than one previous collection. The winner...

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University of Evansville

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 12/1/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in the Evansville Review is given annually for a single poem translated from any language into English. Willis Barnstone will judge....

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Langum Foundation

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/1/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of historical fiction published during the previous year. Publishers or authors may submit two copies of a book (or galleys)...

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Brooklyn Film & Arts Festival

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/1/19

A prize of $500 and publication on the Brooklyn Film & Arts Festival website is given annually for a work of nonfiction that is set in Brooklyn, New York, and renders the...

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Five Points

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 12/1/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Five Points is given annually for a group of poems. Using only the online submission system, submit up to three poems of no more...

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Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown

Cash Prize:
Entry Fee: $50
Application Deadline: 12/2/19
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Fellowships for a seven-month residency at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, are given annually to four poets and four fiction writers who have not...

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Crab Orchard Series in Poetry

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 12/3/19
Genre: Poetry

Two prizes of $2,500 each and publication by Southern Illinois University Press are given annually for poetry collections by U.S. poets. Each winner will also give a reading at...

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Friends of American Writers 

Cash Prize: $4,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/10/19

A prize of up to $4,000 is given annually for a book of fiction or creative nonfiction published during the previous year by a writer who is a resident of the Midwest (or who...

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Silverfish Review Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 12/15/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Silverfish Review Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a first poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of at least 48 pages with a...

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F(r)iction

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 12/15/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 is given three times a year for a short story. Using only the online submission system, submit a story of 1,000 to 7,500 words with a $15 entry fee by...

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Willow Books

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 12/15/19

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by Willow Books are given annually for a book of fiction and a book of creative nonfiction by writers of color. Using only the online...

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Commonwealth Club of California

Cash Prize:
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/15/19

Five prizes are given annually for a poetry collection, a book of fiction, a first book of fiction, a book of creative nonfiction, and a book of fiction or nonfiction that...

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LitMag

Cash Prize: $3,500
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 12/15/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $3,500 and publication in LitMag is given annually for a short story. A second-place prize of $1,000 will also be given. The winners will have their work...

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